Ryan Giggs 'confident' he will clear his name at re-trial over claims he assaulted ex-girlfriend

7 September 2022, 10:18 | Updated: 7 September 2022, 14:35

Ryan Giggs was the subject of a four-week trial where the jury failed to reach verdicts
Ryan Giggs was the subject of a four-week trial where the jury failed to reach verdicts. Picture: Alamy

By Daisy Stephens

Ryan Giggs has said he is "confident" he will clear his name after a judge ruled he is to face a re-trial on domestic violence charges.

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The former Manchester United winger had been on trial for four weeks, but last week, following more than 20 hours of deliberations, the jury failed to reach any verdicts.

Giggs, 48, had denied controlling or coercive behaviour over a three-year period towards his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, 38.

He also denied "losing control" and headbutting her and assaulting Ms Greville's sister, Emma, by elbowing her in the jaw, during a row at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 2020.

During a brief hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday, the judge approved a prosecution application for a second trial.

Giggs was excused attendance.

He said he is "disappointed" that a re-trial has been ordered, adding: "I am confident that justice will eventually be done and my name will be cleared of all the allegations."

Mr Giggs was accused of being coercive and controlling towards, and assaulting, his former partner Kate Greville
Mr Giggs was accused of being coercive and controlling towards, and assaulting, his former partner Kate Greville. Picture: Alamy

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, told Judge Hilary Manley: "We do seek a re-trial in respect of Mr Giggs.

"The matter has been considered at a senior level within the Crown Prosecution Service and also the willingness of the complainant to give evidence, although that is not determinative on the matter, has also been canvassed.

"They indicate a preparedness so to do.

"Consequently we do invite you to fix a date for the re-trial of this matter."

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Judge Manley fixed a trial date, on the next date available to both prosecution and defence lawyers, of July 31 2023 for a trial estimated to last three or four weeks.

Giggs will remain on bail until the trial next year.

A further pre-trial hearing was set for July 3 2023.

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